Truck driving is a massive industry with 3.6 million employed as professional drivers and 7.95 million working in the transportation field in some way. This accounts for 5.8% of the overall United States workforce. 

But do you know every truck driver is different from one another in terms of job titles and specialized job type. Some work on contractual basis while others work on permanent basis. Despite these differences, no driver will deny the fact that CDL certification opens a wider range of opportunities. 

Given the many routes and responsibilities, one might wonder what type of trucking job would best suit them. It is always a good idea to learn about the types of trucking jobs, explore all your options and then make a wise decision!

Let’s have a look at some types of trucking jobs which a person having a CDL can take into consideration!

Dry Van

Dry Van trucking is an ideal job situation for drivers. Truckers usually start out their careers by hauling dry van shipments. They are a 53-foot single trailer best suited for items like consumer goods. 

Did you know? These drivers are not required to unload the goods by themselves.

Auto/ Car Hauler

Those drivers who possess a CDL can consider driving an auto hauler. It is used to transport automobiles from one point to another. These haulers can be heavy and so only well trained drivers can handle them. 

Did you know? Such drivers should take up a training course by a Professional Truck Driver Institute (PTDI) and it entails in class, and out-of-class learning.

Refrigerated freight

These shipments involve a refrigerated trailer (also called ‘reefers’) that is used mainly for frozen products. They are most suitable for items like perishables that are usually time specific and are to be stored at specific temperatures. Since there is more responsibility, the pay is also usually higher in this case.

Did you know? Apart from perishables, many other products like electronic equipment, flowers, medicine, cosmetics and fine art are also hauled in reefers.

Flat bed 

Those loads that don’t usually fit in a standard trailer are carried through flat beds. The driver should know to tie down oddly shaped objects to avoid any mishappenings. Since there is extra responsibility of securing the cargo, the pay is also much higher in this case. 

Did you know? Flatbeds are usually 60 inches high, which means they can accommodate freight up to 8’6” in height without any issues in regard to bridges or overhead wires.

Truck drivers can prefer to be local, regional or OTR drivers. 

Local driving requires you to stay in and around the city, whereas regional driving involves driving around the state. OTR drivers drive anywhere in the country. It all depends on how far you drive as a part of your job. 

Did you know? Local trucking can be more difficult than OTR or regional trucking as you’ll need to be able to navigate smaller roads on a regular basis rather than the highway, as well as, backing into tight loading docks multiple times a day.

These are some of the most common types of truck jobs and driving preferences. There are many more types available out there. 

We hope you got a better understanding of the types of trucking jobs you can get your hands on! 

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